BMW Australia Ltd — BMW 5 Series E39, X5 and E53 MY2000-2003

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BMW 5 Series E39, X5 and E53
Model Year 2000-2003

3 391 vehicles may be affected. Please note that vehicles may only be affected if a new steering wheel has been fitted in the life of the vehicle.
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See attached VIN list

Reasons the product is recalled

Some vehicles may have received an affected Takata driver side airbag due to a steering wheel conversion during the life of the vehicle.

Airbag inflator: As it gets older, a combination of high temperatures and humidity can cause the airbag inflator propellant to degrade. If an affected vehicle is involved in a collision triggering the airbag, the metal inflator housing may explode/rupture under too much internal pressure.

The hazards to consumers

In the event that a defective airbag inflator ruptures, metal fragments may propel out through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or fatality.

What consumers should do

Known owners will be contacted by BMW Australia Ltd or a BMW dealer.

Owners of affected vehicles should contact their local BMW dealership or BMW head office directly via the website at to arrange for a free airbag inspection. If a faulty airbag is found, it will be replaced free of charge.

Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected by going to

Consumers can locate their nearest BMW dealership at: or contact the BMW Takata Hotline directly on 1800 243 675.

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Further information for consumers is available at:

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Authorised BMW Group Dealers

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Responsible regulator

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.

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